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About Carranza LLP

Juan Carranza started Carranza LLP in 1994 following a personal experience where he felt that an insurance company's representatives took advantage of an immigrant family because English wasn't their mother tongue. He and his partners have built Carranza LLP based on social justice for all, and to be a voice for those who might not normally have one in the personal injury and litigation system.

Serving Ontario’s diverse communities has given us firsthand experience and insight into how perceptions, prejudices and translation errors can seriously influence your treatment or the documentation prepared by insurance doctors, police, employers and insurance companies. The perceptions of insurance adjusters, arbitrators, judges and juries have the power to influence your settlement. They will often be unfamiliar with your background and culture, and can make assumptions that negatively affect your compensation.

As a firm, we at Carranza stand behind the idea that it is no longer enough for a lawyer to understand the law and the legal system; in order to provide proper and quality representation, we must also understand your unique circumstances, your language and your culture.

We set our standards high for providing experienced legal representation in 17 languages and ensuring that the legal team assigned to your case is a good cultural match, so that no communicative boundaries exist and no key details are overlooked. In addition to speaking multiple languages, many of our staff are first and second generation Canadians, so we are better fit to understand the immigrant experience and effectively guide you through the turmoil that follows serious car accidents.

We would be honoured to utilize our mosaic of experience and our record of victories to help you achieve the best possible settlement. 


OUR PROMISE TO YOU

When you hire us as your legal team, our entire law firm is behind you. Our collaborative team structure and approach ensures that each client benefits from our culturally collective experience and advice.

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THE LITTLE THINGS WE DO

At Carranza we believe the little things make a big difference. We will:

  • Meet with you at your convenience; if you have mobility issues, we will come to you;
  • Assist your social worker or discharge planner to put the right services and devices in place prior to your discharge from the hospital;
  • Fill-out and file claims on your behalf;
  • Appoint a culturally competent personal injury lawyer and/or staff member who understands your case and can answer any questions in your language;
  • Provide you with honest and clear advice at every step of your personal injury claim;
  • Help cover costs of assistive devices, treatments, transportation and sitters at the hospital before your benefits are approved; • Personally attend important rehabilitation meetings to ensure you and your treatment providers have the resources that you need;
  • Provide you with regular updates on your case so you know where you stand at every point of the process;
  • Return your calls or e-mails within 24 hours.

OUR COMMUNITY

We at Carranza are proud to serve and positively influence our vibrant community through our continuous involvement in organized activities, events and charities. We consider our community involvement indispensable to our growth and success as it not only strengthens our ties with community members, institutions and organizations, but also allows us to give back to a community that has long embraced our presence and has allowed us the privilege of serving it.

NEWS

Moira Gracey Takes Part in Successful Maya Land Rights Claims in Belize

by Carranza Admin | Jun 22, 2021
Carranza LLP partner Moira Gracey has been part of the legal team seeking legal protection of the customary land rights of the Maya indigenous people in southern Belize since 1999.

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Carranza LLP partner Moira Gracey has been part of the legal team seeking legal protection of the customary land rights of the Maya indigenous people in southern Belize since 1999.  During that time, the team won recognition of their land rights at the Intaramerican Commission on Human Rights in 2000, confirmation of those rights through the domestic courts in Belize in 2001; a re-confirmation of the rights at the trial (2010), appeal (2013) and final appeal (2015) levels.  Since 2015, the government has been very slowly developing a process to demarcate and title the Maya villages' lands.  However, despite these legal victories, many government officials continued to behave as though Maya land rights didn't exist, and so the team represented the Maya village of Jalacte in a 2016 claim against the government for expropriating Maya lands without neither consultation, due process nor compensation. The government had widened and paved a dirt road through Jalacte's lands, turning it into a highway, built an agricultural control station on a farmer's land, and installed an agricultural and immigration checkpoint between the village and and the rest of Belize (Jalacte is located on the border with Guatemala).

In addition to coordinating the legal team for the case, developing the legal arguments and heading the drafting of court materials, Ms. Gracey spent two weeks in Belize in the summer of 2018 assisting and preparing local counsel for the trial.  

The Belize Supreme Court issued its judgment in the case on June 16, 2021. Once again, the court vindicated the right of the Maya people to their customary lands, and confirmed that by expropriating it without regard to Maya customary rights, the Government of Belize had violated constitution. The court also made clear that Maya customary lands are not "national lands". Most importantly, for the first time in the decades of litigation, the court ordered the Government of Belize to pay damages to the Maya claimants. Furthermore, it calculated those damages not with reference to its market value, but to the economic and cultural value it has for the Maya people.  Damages were almost six million Belize dollars.  This is a very significant award in a country of 400,000 people, and should provide very strong motivation for the government to devote appropriate resources to its legal obligation to demarcate and title Maya lands expeditiously, and to protect them from encroachment.

A copy of the judgment will be posted on the Belize Supreme Court website, at belizejudiciary.org/civil-judgments/2021 in due course.  If you would like a copy of the decision before it is available online, please feel free to contact moira@carranza.on.ca.


CAREERS

At Carranza, we encourage a supportive and collaborative environment, which minimizes and shares the burden of work, while maximizing our ability to place our clients at the center of everything we do.

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1280 Finch Ave. West, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 3K6, Canada

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Toll Free:1-877-633-1065
Phone: 416-633-1065
Fax: 416-633-9782
Email: lawoffice@carranza.on.ca